This excerpt comes from the beginning of the novel where Suskind sets up the general palate of smells in eighteenth-century Paris. Looming is a verb form used as an adjective. . The novel, therefore, has numerous examples of imagery using descriptions of smell. Writing is a true talent because it doesn't require a big screen to promote an image. It cushioned their soles and absorbed the sounds of their footsteps. Or, maybe we're in a futuristic world aboard stainless steel alien aircrafts.
In just a few lines, Bishop mentions many colors including brown, rose, white, and green. Suppose I had written: A million years of discarded pine needles lay on the forest floor, carpeting the trail. Any other time she would have screamed. Never stop your story to describe. We use imagery to exaggerate.
If you think this statement is true, then it could be said the verses in your favorite songs are a good place to start when looking for samples of imagery in everyday works. Using imagery helps the reader develop a more fully realized understanding of the imaginary world that the author has created. Or, if you dream of writing a short story or novel someday, then imagery will be your truest friend. And now a gusty shower wraps The grimy scraps Of withered leaves about your feet And newspapers from vacant lots; The showers beat On broken blinds and chimney-pots, And at the corner of the street A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps. In this example, the experience of the night sky is described in depth with color black as ever, bright , shape varied constellations , and pattern sprinkled. She put a hand to her mouth.
The burnt-out ends of smoky days. Types of Imagery Here are the five most common types of imagery used in creative writing: a. Examples of Imagery in Literature Example 1: Taste On rainy afternoons, embroidering with a group of friends on the begonia porch, she would lose the thread of the conversation and a tear of nostalgia would salt her palate when she saw the strips of damp earth and the piles of mud that the earthworms had pushed up in the garden. The way the chocolates are described, they seem less than appetizing, right down to the purple ribbon. William Wordsworth Next is an excerpt from I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth.
Now lies the Earth all Danaë to the stars, And all thy heart lies open unto me. Imagery in Music If you are a fan of music, then imagery surrounds you in songs. Tactual imagery would, of course, serve the purpose as well. All we have to do is remove the purple ribbon that says Mother and we're in business. Example 4: Smell In the period of which we speak, there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women. He says that at night her face glows like a bright jewel shining against the dark skin of an African. But now the campers all had outboards.
Another was a passion for secrets: in a prized varnished cabinet, a secret drawer was opened by pushing against the grain of a cleverly turned dovetail joint, and here she kept a diary locked by a clasp, and a notebook written in a code of her own invention. The key to good imagery is engaging all five senses. She heard it in short, chattering bursts. Crashing is used as a noun. Edwin John Pratt The Shark by Edwin John Pratt introduces the reader in detail to a shark, painting a picture so vivid you can practically see it in your mind's eye: His body was tubular And tapered And smoke-blue, And as he passed the wharf He turned, And snapped at a flat-fish That was dead and floating. The pitch on her hand glued her lips shut.
Are you evoking all of them with these words? You can almost see and hear the horse steaming and stamping and smell the steaks: The winter evening settles down With smell of steaks in passageways. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. Languidly, and with no thought of going in, I watched him, his hard little body, skinny and bare, saw him wince slightly as he pulled up around his vitals the small, soggy, icy garment. Engage as many senses as you can when you are doing visualization or guided imagery. We hear the whistles of the redbreast robin and the twitters of swallows in the skies. They were one-cylinder and two-cylinder engines, and some were make-and-break and some were jump-spark, but they all made a sleepy sound across the lake. That's where the magic mountains begin.
Cushioned, absorbed, stopped, whispered, pointed, grasped, tore, leaped, tugged, screamed, ran, slapped, stabbed, cursed. In the comments, rewrite the following sentence into a more imagery-rich one using one or more the techniques described above. First the word sunny refers to the visual imagery. He sings: We're goin' down and you can see it too We're goin' down and you know that we're doomed My dear, we're slow dancing in a burnin' room He makes it pretty easy to imagine a forlorn couple slow dancing in a room that's about to engulf them in flames. Their fluttering and dancing also refers to the sight.